The wicked problem of healthcare student attrition

Hamshire, C., Jack, K., Forsyth, R., Langan, A.M. and Harris, W.E. (2019) The wicked problem of healthcare student attrition. Nursing Inquiry.

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The early withdrawal of students from healthcare education programmes, particu-larly nursing, is an international concern and, despite considerable investment, reten-tion rates have remained stagnant. Here, a regional study of healthcare student retention is used as an example to frame the challenge of student attrition using a concept from policy development, wicked problem theory. This approach allows the consideration of student attrition as a complex problem derived from the interactions of many interrelated factors, avoiding the pitfalls of small-scale interventions and over-simplistic assumptions of cause and effect. A conceptual framework is proposed to provide an approach to developing actions to reduce recurrent investment in in-terventions that have previously proved ineffective at large scale. We discuss how improvements could be achieved through integrated stakeholder involvement and acceptance of the wicked nature of attrition as a complex and ongoing problem

Item Type: Article
Keywords: midwifery, nurse education, retention, undergraduates, wicked problems, withdrawal
Divisions: Crop and Environment Sciences (to 31.07.20)
Depositing User: Ms Kath Osborn
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 16:55
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 16:55

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